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Beginners Wine

Posted by SHEDAMARIA, Dec 29, 2011.

I am throwing a New Year's Eve Party would like to introduce my beer drinking friends to wine. I have been drinking wine for about 10 years.Some of the wines that I drink like Cabernets and Merlots may be a little robust for a beginner.What kinds of wine would you suggest for a virgin wine drinker?

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Reply by dmcker, Dec 29, 2011.

What's your budget, how many people/bottles, and what snacks/food to be served?

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Reply by EMark, Dec 30, 2011.

Shedamaria, your strategy of not foisting complex red wines on beer drinkers is sound.  Without waiting for your response to Dm's questions, which are, of course, very logical, let me start with this suggestion.  Nothing is more festive at any party than sparkling wine.  It's New Year's Eve, and sparkling wine is a requirement for a New Year's Eve party.  With sparkling wines from around the world and in every price range, you should be able to find something that will not break the bank.

Also, have plenty of drinking water on hand.

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Reply by Joaquin Juarez, Jan 4, 2012.

HOLA MEJOR 2012 A TODOS. ESTAMOS BUSCANDO ALGO RELACIONADO CON LOS VINOS QUE PODEMOS TENER EN NUESTRA HUMILDE MESA, Y QUEREMOS SABER COMO CUALES NOS PODRIAN RECOMENDAR. ESTAMOS EN COATZACOALCOS, VERACRUZ, MEXICO.. FELICIDADES A TODOS... ACABAMOS DE PROBAR EL REUNITI ALGO SABROSO, PARECE QUE GASIFICADO..

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Reply by hlopez99, Jan 4, 2012.

Joaquin, se llama Riunite, es un lambrusco(el peor pero el mas vendido), y te recomiendo que empieces con vinos de 100 a 200 pesos, busca españoles, australianos, argentinos, chilenos, vas a encontrar agradables sorpresas, y si quieres que mas de uno te responda, haz tus preguntas en ingles, ya que es el idioma de los foros, salud..

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Reply by gregt, Jan 5, 2012.

Well, some of us can get thru the Spanish, albeit rather poorly!

Anyhow, Shed - Champagne most definitely. The wine that wants to be beer!

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Reply by gardenchic, Jan 5, 2012.

funny!

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Reply by dmcker, Jan 5, 2012.

Yeah, Joaquin, Lambrusco (though as hlopez says Reunite is not the best example) does have bubbles. Sweet and fun for many, though not a great match for all types of food. As hlopez also says, striking out to broader examples of whites, reds and bubblies from Spain, Argentina, Chile and Australia in that price range is a good next step. You could also try a Barbera from Italy (or those other countries), as it often matches well against certain Spanish dishes, even, perhaps, a Veracruz sauce.

Greg, no wonder you don't talk much about bubblies--your prejudice is out!  ;-)

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Reply by StevenBabb, Jan 7, 2012.

hmm, the wine that wants to be beer!

my response seems a little tardy... but, i have found that converting non wine drinkers to imbiber’s of the nectar, isn't as hard as it sounds...

the key is red wine with low acid, no tannin and bright fruit... a juicy pinot noir or a bright red from trentino or else where in northern italy...

for whites, reisling works as a great starting point... off dry wines... even moscato d'asti, which is delightful at any level...

a good qualifying question i always ask someone who is brand new to wine:

"what kind of candy do you prefer? sour, or chocolate?"

fruitier wines with maybe a little tartness for the sour candy lovers, and richer slightly acidic wines for the chocolate lovers...

anyway, good luck on your wine-adventure, and keep us posted!

~s


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